Shawn Wildermuth

Author, Teacher, and Filmmaker
.NET Foundation Board Member

A week with MySpace

A week with MySpace

Url: http://myspace.com/theadoguy

After Chris Sells' blog entry on joining MySpace and not knowing what to do next, I thought I'd check out what MySpace was about. I know most of my neighborhood are on it, but most are looking for dates. (No, I am not.)

After a week of using it, I am really amazed by how poorly it works. Not the networking or interconnectivity, but the performance of the site. I have to wonder if it has something to do with it's use of Cold Fusion, though I don't know enough about it to blame it.

Years ago when I worked with Delphi Forums (now Prospero), we were running as the #4th or 5th most popular site so I know a bit about helping to run a high-volume site. To be honest it was never the web technology but the database technology that held us up, so its probably not Cold Fusion's fault.

Also, I find that I get their error page really really often. When I refresh the same request usually works. I wonder if they are working on the perf issues or are sitting back waiting on the ad revenue to roll in until someone tries to buy them.

UPDATE:

A clever reader mentioned that Scott Guthrie mentions that MySpace uses ASP.NET 2.0. Here's a link to his blog entry about it:

http://weblogs.asp.net/scottgu/archive/2006/03/25/Handling-1.5-Billion-Page-Views-Per-Day-Using-ASP.NET-2.0.aspx